Help the EnvironmentMaking paper uses a lot of water, a lot of trees and a lot of chemicals. The process also releases some nasty compounds into our air and rivers, including cancer-causing dioxins. So by reducing our need for paper, we can make the environment a little bit cleaner. The typical U.S. household sent or received an average of 26 bills, statements and checks per month in 2006, according to a 2007 report by Javelin Strategy and Research. If every U.S. household switched from paper billing to viewing and paying bills online, the environmental benefits would be significant. Each year, this switch would:
- Save 16.5 million trees (2.3 million tons of wood).
- Decrease emission of greenhouse gasses by 3.9 billion pounds, the equivalent of taking 355,000 cars off the road.
- Reduce fuel consumption by 26 million BTUs, enough energy to provide residential power to San Francisco for a year.